Recipe: Thai Ground Pork Salad

So, we basically can’t get enough Thai food around here.  Have you noticed?  I had some leftover pork the other day, and decided to use it for a yummy Thai meal.  Unfortunately The Mr. was out of town and unable to partake of this delectable dish, but I’ll have to make it another time for him.  The only change I made to this was that I served it over rice instead of in a lettuce wrap, although that would be equally delicious.  The kids surprisingly ate a ton of it and they didn’t even pick out the green stuff like they usually do.  I’m trying to give them sophisticated palates, and so far it’s working!  For the most part…

Here’s the recipe.

Thai Ground Pork Salad (original recipe from Food and Wine)

  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 small shallots, minced
  • 1 large jalapeño, seeded and minced, plus sliced jalapeño for garnish
  • Juice of 1 lime, plus lime wedges, for serving
  • 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha (chile sauce), plus more for serving
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 1 large head Boston or other leafy lettuce, separated into leaves


  1. In a bowl, mix the pork, garlic, shallots and minced jalapeño. In a small bowl, whisk the lime juice, fish sauce, brown sugar and the 1 teaspoon of Sriracha.
  2. In a skillet, heat the oil. Add the pork mixture and cook over high heat, stirring to break up the meat, until no pink remains, 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice mixture. Let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer the meat to a bowl; stir in the herbs. Season with salt and pepper. Top with the peanuts and sliced jalapeños. Serve with lime wedges, Sriracha and lettuce for wrapping (or over rice).



Me: At first it smelled a little fishy to me from the Fish Sauce, but I actually couldn’t taste a fishiness.  All the spices together just gave it a really yummy flavor and texture.  I ate all of mine and finished off the kids’ plates too. 🙂

The Wild One:  Ate it!  Even with all that scary green stuff staring him in the face!

Tornado: Also ate quite a bit, and asked for seconds.


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